- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BABCOCK, Wis. (AP) - Wood County authorities say a vandalism spree that forced Ocean Spray’s Babcock receiving station to close down for the weekend and divert deliveries cost $200,000 in damages and lost wages.

Authorities said two 14-year-old Babcock-area boys broke vending machines, smashed windows and overturned a pickup truck at the receiving station last Wednesday night. The pair is also accused of ransacking a local cafe and residence, Daily Tribune Media (https://wrtnews.co/1rI28LN ) reported. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department initially estimated all of the damage was well over $100,000.

But the vandalism caused more than just physical damage. Some Ocean Spray workers were furloughed, causing them to lose wages. Lt. Quentin Ellis says the two-day facility shut down caused an estimated $5,000 in lost wages for employees who weren’t able to work.

“We have reopened and are working … to resume normal operations,” said Ocean Spray spokeswoman Kellyanne Dignan. “We did have some furloughs during the two days we were completely shut down.”

The teens, who were not identified, were arrested shortly after the first reports of vandalism reached the police department early Thursday morning. They face charges of burglary, criminal damage of property and operating a motor vehicle without an owner’s consent, Wood County Sheriff Thomas Reichert said Friday. It’s still possible that more charges may be filed against them.

Authorities said the two boys admitted to drinking before the incident.

“It would seem that the bad choices sort of snowballed after that,” Reichert said.

Acute property damage was also done to Babcock Cafe, but the owner said the exact amount of damages is still unclear.

It’s likely that the teens will be ordered to pay restitution, Ellis said.


Information from: Daily Tribune Media, https://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com

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